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American War Is Off the Charts


American War Is Off the Charts

Tom Engelhardt

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts.



Maybe if we remind Trump that McCain wanted to “bomb, bomb, bomb–bomb, bomb Iran” he won’t–out of spite. Worth a shot.



Hillarious Tom only wishing it wasn’t true. When will this empire die, implode from within and around the world?

What about China’s interests in Africa? I hear they are going around Africa building infrastructure?

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Headline sez:
“American War Is Off the Charts”

… and, substantially, off the books.



Is it really any wonder that the American Military is committing Murder and Mayhem unrestrained, when 95 to 97% of the voting electorate gives their support for it?



What could be better for Trump, in 2020?



Congratulations, you also got all the way to end of Tom’s (excellently) dismal dispatch. I feel like we should get a sticker or something.

Tom and you refer, of course, to the ultimate morsel, delectable Iran. There’s probably heated controversy in the Pentagon regarding whether taking Iran would be biting off too much to chew. But that might be the only place – within the halls of power – where fanning Persian flames doesn’t necessarily get the juices flowing. Some folks think if HC had won, we’d be over there by now.



The last words of Richard Holbrooke: “You’ve got to get us out of Afghanistan.”

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“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

The Charge of the Light Brigade, second verse, Alfred Lord Tennyson

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‘President Trump’s foreign-policy team – National Security Advisor John Bolton (a relic of the Bush years) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – are visibly dying (if that’s the right word) for just such a war [against Iran].’

The pattern of history is clear. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict of the past – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. History also shows that every civilization/nation eventually gets the war it is trying to avoid: utter defeat. But leaders and decision-makers delude themselves, thinking they can avoid that fateful war, that it can be limited in scale or even won. History has always proven them wrong.